Six youngsters that could light up the FA Cup this weekend: Arsenal and Man Utd starlets set to shine

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The third round of the FA Cup usually throws up some interesting ties

But mostly it gives bigger sides the opportunity to showcase the talents coming through their youth academies.

And this weekend will see just that, firstly with Liverpool, who travel to Exeter on Friday night for their clash.

Below are six players that will likely get a run out this weekend, with reasons why fans should be so excited about their emergence.


Connor Randall – Liverpool

Age: 20
Position: Right-back

The young right-back has been making waves in the side’s development squad this season, and with Jon Flanagan still battling his way back to fitness he will be looking to make a name for himself vs Exeter to play deputy to Nathaniel Clyne.

Ryan Kent – Liverpool

Age: 19
Position: Attacking midfielder

The young forward had been on loan with Coventry this season, but was summoned back to the club by Jurgen Klopp in the wake of their injury crisis and is expected to carry on his form into the clash with the League Two side tonight.

Krystian Bielik – Arsenal

Age: 18
Position: Defensive midfielder

The Polish enforcer joined the club a year ago, and though first team opportunities have been limited, if he impresses against Sunderland he could prove to be an answer to Arsene Wenger’s midfield injury problems.

Alex Iwobi – Arsenal

Age: 18
Position: Striker

The teenager has already made a handful of appearances in the Arsenal first team, and has three caps with the Nigerian national team to show for it. This could be a big opportunity for the striker.

Guillermo Varela – Manchester United

Age: 22
Position: Right-back

The Uruguayan has been at the club for two years already, but after some time away on loan he starred in United’s recent clash with Wolfsburg and can look forward to more opportunities in the near future.

Kenedy – Chelsea

Age: 19
Postion: Winger

The Brazilian has already made a handful appearances in the Chelsea first team, and has generally impressed with his skill and movement around the pitch, and will be expected to justify the hype that surrounded him when he signed over the coming months.

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